04:21AM | 04/25/03
Member Since: 04/24/03
1 lifetime posts
Hi - I have a huge brick living room and as beautiful as it is it, the room is so dark. I really want to paint it white but I want to make sure that when I move I can return it to its natural and original surface. Is this possible? How costly is this? Am I ruining the brick? What type of paint should I use?
Is it better to drywall over the brick and have that removed? Is that actually less expensive?

Thank you for any and all advice,


07:24AM | 04/26/03
Member Since: 04/13/03
10 lifetime posts
Painting the brick won't necessarily ruin it, however it will take some work to remove the paint, which can add up to some expense. Perhaps covering it with drywall is a better alternative. Have you thought about maybe being a little creative and leaving some brick exposed by covering just a portion using drywall, creating more light and retaining some character? This opens up a world of possibilities and keeps the option of removing the drywall if you desire.
Just some food for thought.



07:31AM | 04/26/03
Member Since: 07/11/00
80 lifetime posts
If you are going to paint the brick white i suggest you use an oil based paint which when it comes time for removal will be able to be done a lot easier than if you used a a latex (water based paint) since brick is porous and latex seeps right into the brick and is very difficult to remove. Good luck


10:52AM | 04/26/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
I agree with the suggestion of using drywall to cover it instead of painting it. Most brick is so pourous that it is virtually impossible to really strip it perfectly. Of course, everything comes down to how much it will cost, not whether it is impossible, so the translation is that it will be a labor-intensive, costly, expensive job to remove the paint if you paint the brick.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Oversize windows let the outside in, even in a cozy cottage bathroom like this one. A roller screen and wraparound shower ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon